pray for our huddles…

UnDefeated-Logos_3_legacyFor the last several years, my wife Erin and I have been blessed to help lead FCA Huddles at our local high school and middle school.  One of hte trends we have seen over the years is that one year a school will be up and another will be down in huddle attendance and then the next year it will switch.

This year we are in one of those years where our middle school huddle is really booming with 30 to 40 students attending each week.  The kids are eager to attend and we have had some truly great interaction with them.  Our high school huddle on the other hand is in a bit more of a down year.  We have about 6 to 8 students who attend faithfully and we are truly thankful for the growth we have seen in their lives.  At the same time it has been very disheartning at the high school as each week I have seen many kids who have came to FCA in the past and even attended leadership camps with us, just walking the hallways and not coming to our huddles.  Most of these students I have been able to speak with and invite back and thankfully they aren’t coming because of being upset or anything like that.  Honestly, they don’t really have any reason other than not making the effort to be there.

Please join me in faithfully praying for all our FCA students, but especially the high school students.  Pray for the ones that are faithful and wanting to grow in their walk with Christ, that they wouldn’t be distracted and sidetracked like it seems so many other students have been.  Pray for the students who are not attending, that God would become a priority in their life.  We would love to have them back at FCA, but more than anything want to see them strive to grow in their walk with God and impact their schools for Christ.  And lastly, pray for a group I haven’t event mentioned, our students who have graduated and are in college that they would continue to seek fellowship with other believers and grow in their relationship with Christ.

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getting ready for and Undefeated year…

UnDefeated-Logos_3_legacyLast night, I had a chance to speak at the church where I grew up and where my dad is a pastor.  As you may know from previous posts I am not the most comfortable when it comes to preaching to adults and so since I found out I was speaking last week I was a nervous wreck trying to think about what to speak on.  Finally, after much prayer, I felt God directing to share with the church about what we are going to be doing in our FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) huddles this year.  The church I was speaking has been a very faithful prayer and financial partner for our huddles and so I wanted to give them a bit of an insight as what we do in our huddles.

This year our theme is “Undefeated” and comes from 1 Corinthians 15:57, which says, “But thanks be to God, who gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” (HCSB)  Through our relationship with Christ we know that we can have victory over whatever comes at us in this life and we have the promise that one day sin and death will be defeated and we will live eternally with Christ in Heaven.  This is how we are “Undefeated!”  In particular, I shared with the church last night about how we can be on the path to being “Undefeated” by realizing that Humility beats Pride.  Pride is one of those things that Satan uses to hold us back, fracture relationships, and keep us defeated.  But when we realize we can only do anything through Christ and that all our gifts and talents come through Him, then we can have victory over pride.  When we realize that Christ poured out all his power and came in the form of a servant to live, die and rise again for our sins, we see the ultimate example of humility for us to follow and defeat pride in our lives.

It awesome to see how God allowed me to go from being nervous about speaking to excited about sharing about these exciting truths we will be teaching our FCA students this year.  I asked the church to be praying for our students that we will see those who know Christ to come a deeper love and devotion to Him this year.  Also to be praying that they will impact their schools and that we will see many students accept Christ as their personal savior.  I’d like to ask you to be praying for these same things.  Pray that God will move and work mighty in our Lee County High and Middle School FCA Huddles this year!

FCA Huddle Update – August 28, 2014

All_In_BlackAfter blogging about starting FCA Huddles on Tuesday, I found out that this Friday our local high school is having their monthly Club Day.  So, tomorrow morning for an hour and then in the afternoon in the hour I will be there doing two FCA Huddles.  Please pray for me as I talk to the students about what they can expect in the upcoming school year with our FCA Huddles, ways they can get more involved in FCA in general, and most importantly as I do a short devotion and share the Gospel.  We are blessed to have this opportunity to share right in the schools, so please pray that our Club Day FCA will have a huge impact for Christ on our high school!

almost time for ALL IN…

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One week from today, I will be waking up bright and early to head to Lee County High School for our first FCA Huddle of the year.  Then two days later I will be heading to Lee County Middle School for the first LCMS FCA Huddle of the year.  This year we are really excited to get back to our students as we challenge them to go “All In” in their relationships with Christ.  We are going to be challenging them to set aside all those things that hold them back from being totally devoted to Christ.  Please begin praying in this upcoming week that God will already be working in the hearts of our students.  Pray that this will be the year where they will totally be “All In” for Christ and as a result we will see a revival in our school system.  Pray for myself, my wife, and all our teachers that help with FCA.  Pray that we will be a true example of Christ to our students both in our words and our actions!  God is going to do something great this year in our FCA, please join in as a prayer partner!!!

See You At The Pole 2013

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Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of joining students and teachers at Lee County High School for our annual “See You At The Pole” school prayer time. The actual nation wide event was a couple of weeks ago, but due to various circumstances, we missed that date.

It was great to have so many of our students come out and unashamedly pray in front of their peers. They boldly prayed for their fellow students, families, and teachers. God has truly blessed us with open doors to work with our students and share His love in our school system. To see students who we have been working with taking a stand for Christ is a huge encouragement. Please pray that we will continue to see growth in the lives our students. God is doing great things in Lee County!

back to coaching…

Bowling high qualityYesterday, I returned to the world of coaching.  This year I am not going to be coaching middle school basketball, but am back to being an assistant coach on our high school bowling team.  I am really thankful for the opportunity be working with the students again, not because I have that much bowling knowledge to impart, we all know that’s not the case.  However, it does give me another opportunity to maybe help mentor some of our students, build relationships, and be able to share the love of Christ with them.  Our bowling team is made up of middle school through high school students from all walks of life that are going through all different issues and circumstances in life.  Hopefully, I can help them with their bowling, but more than anything I feel God has me there for bigger purpose.  With our bowling team using our Rec Center ministry for their home lanes and this coaching opportunity again this year I know God has big plans.  Please pray for our students and all the issues they are facing.  Pray that God will use me to share the love of Christ with our students and to have a strong testimony to them.  Pray that LCHS Bowling will be something that truly glorifies God!

getting prepped for FCA huddles…

relentless-ppt-frontWednesday afternoon was a slow paced afternoon at the Rec Center.  It’s always better to be busy and have lots of people coming into bowl, work out, and/or eat.  That being said, I was able to get busy making flyers and doing some prep work for our FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Huddles that start back the first week of September at Lee County High and Middle Schools. As this year approaches I am convinced that God is really going to use our students to impact our schools in a major way this year.  Please be praying for Erin and I as we work to prepare to challenge our students to be Relentless in their pursuit of Christ and Relentless in sharing Him with their classmates, teachers, and family.  Pray that students will make the decision to get to school a bit early in order to fellowship with other Christian students and to bring their non-Christian friends in to hear the Gospel.  Pray that parents will see the impact that FCA can and is making in their students lives and that they will be supportive in making sure their students participate.  Pray that our students will get along this year and focus more on what they have in common in Christ and not be divided into cliques.  Finally, pray for me that I will reflect Christ to our students in both word and deed and be a leader that draws them closer to Christ.  Thank you so much for your faithfulness in praying for our FCA Huddles!